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Factors contributing to public transport motor vehicle accidents within nakuru county in Kenya

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Komu, S. and Njeru, D.
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Health Sciences
Abstract: 

14 Road transportation which includes the use ofmotor vehicles and bicycles provides benefits both to nations and to individuals by facilitating the movement of goods and people and services (WHO, 2009. The use of the motor vehicle as a means of transportation of people is increasingly popular across the world. A WHO report cited Westernized countries as examples that saw a rise in the ownership of motor vehicles from 23% in 1987 to 63% in 2001 (WHO, 2006). In Kenya, A report by the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) indicated that 59 deaths were recorded from publicmotor vehicle accidents in 2008.This study sought to underpin factors that contribute to road traffic accidents among public transport vehicles. The study was conducted at Nauru town which is 157km South East of Nairobi the capital of Kenya in Africa The study adopted a cross section research design. The researcher used random sampling to select the study. Research instruments included structured self-administered questionnaires and also checklists.Data was cleaned, code, analyzed and managed by use of SPSS. The study showed that 69.3% or the accidents were due to pot holes.Other causes of road accidents included human factor, weather, and the condition of the motor vehicles. The study concluded that many roads in Nakuru are not in standard shape. Not all roads are marked and many also do not have designated crossing points.

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